How to Spend 3 Days in the Floating City, Venice!


When I went to Europe last summer we spent 2 weeks in Italy but skipped Venice because my travel partner didn't have interest in going.  I always knew I'd go at some point and once I saw that Venice was one of the only places I could easily get to Split (our next stop) from, I was sold.

Going in I read a lot of mixed reviews (it seemed like people either loved it or hated it) so I made sure to go in with an open mind but not expecting too much.  We arrived around midnight and decided to splurge 100 on a private water taxi to our hostel which really set the scene for the rest of the trip I think.  The city was dead since a lot of tourists come in for just the day, the sky was pitch black, and the canals dimly-lit.  It felt as if we were on a Disneyland ride as we cruised along in almost complete silence (snapchatting the entire thing, of course).  At the risk of sounding cheesy, it was definitely one of those "I'll never forget this" moments.

Where to Stay in Venice

Palazzo Morosini Degli Spezieri. Click here to see the latest prices.

What to do in Venice

My favorite tour company, Get Your Guide, offers many awesome Venice tours, as well as skip the line tickets to the most popular attractions. I highly recommend booking these advance to save yourself time and money while in Venice. Lines can be crazy! I use Get Your Guide for many reasons, in part because you are able to create an account with them and keep all of your tickets in one central location (especially important if you are visiting a handful of cities).

Other unique and highly rated Venice experiences:

  • To learn to row as a Venetian (this has TONS of unanimously positive reviews), click here!

  • For a tapas and wine tour through secret parts of Venice, click here

  • For a market tour and hands-on cooking class, click here

  • For a tour of Burano from a local (born and raised!), click here

  • For a Murano glass workshop, click here

  • For a half day tour of the best islands in the area, click here

  • To experience Venice like a local, via a tour of Cannaregio (my favorite area!), click here

  • To create your own famous Venice carnival mask, click here

  • To make your own pizza, click here

  • To explore Venice by kayak (soo cool!), click here

Day Trips from Venice


You cannot go to Venice (and Italy in general) without properly documenting your trip, whether it’s for Instagram or just to have for yourself. Click here for the Venice memories photoshoot I recommend booking.